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SNOW : make sure your steel building can take the strain!

Snow, Ice and Steel Buildings

Snow and ice can become a real problem for steel buildings as the roofs of buildings have to suddenly cope with enormous extra strain caused by the additional weight. During the winter of 2009/10 it is reported that over 1,000 farm buildings collapsed in Scotland under the weight of snow and in January 2010 the roofs of 21 football pitch sized warehouses belonging to a major whisky company collapsed. Although, thankfully there was no damage to life and limb, the whisky company had to halt business until the weather improved.

How to Avoid Steel Building Failure

Steel buildings in the UK must be designed to BS6399 or Eurocode EN1993-1-3:2006 (or EC3).

Reputable companies, such as Miracle Span, are careful to supply steel buildings manufactured using steel produced to the appropriate British and European Standards. Framed buildings must include quality framework that is expertly designed and erected. Loading also plays a crucial part in steel building design. There are two types of load to be taken into account: the dead load which is based on the weight of the materials used; and the imposed load which takes account of the location of the building, the height above sea level, the load imposed by snow and the effects of drifting, etc.

Finally, don’t be tempted to cut corners to get a cheap price as steel building failure could cost you dearly in the long term and could even result in the loss of lives.

Call Miracle Span on 01507 358974 – email : info@miraclespan.co.uk. Visit our website www.miraclespan.co.uk